I’ve just come back from a holiday in Queensland. What stuck out like canine testicles as soon as I got back was how incredibly scruffy and unloved Canberra looks compared with even small towns elsewhere, let alone significant cities.
There are dead and dying trees everywhere, rubbish and weeds litter the main thoroughfares, Civic looks as if it could use a coat of paint, the water level signs on the Barton Highway and Yarra Glen are a great idea – but they’ve been temporary for years – how about something more permanent and attractive? The place just unloved and uncared for.
I have no major problem with public artwork (though I might question the taste of the selectors), but I’d rather see money go into keeping the place looking good before sticking a few random objets d’art around the place.